Local Veteran Fondly Recalls Brief Meetings with Schwarzkopf

Posted at: 12/28/2012 7:05 PM
By: John Doetkott

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Over his 42-year military career Norman Hecimovich served with countless men and women of all ranks and backgrounds. But it was a certain major he met while serving in Vietnam that will always hold a special place in his memory.

"I had given this briefing and he came up to me and made that statement. He said, 'You've got a heck of a name.' And I looked at him and said, 'Yours is worse than mine,'” Hecimovich said. “Then he said 'What's your first name?' And I said, 'Norman.' 'So is mine,' he said."

That was the first time that Hecimovich met Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, but the two men would share more than just a brief exchange. Both men turned 78 this year, both survived prostate cancer, had three children, and both were awarded the bronze star.

The two Normans would cross paths again years later in Kuwait, during the Persian Gulf War.

"He shook my hand and said, ‘How you doing?’ He was a four star general and I hadn't made four star,” Hecimovich said laughing.

And while Hecimovich didn't quite reach the ranks of general, the two men will be forever linked by more than just medals.

"People always called me Stormin' Norman also and I said 'Yeah there's another Stormin' Norman that I'll always remember.'"